Last weekend I went to the Giles Deacon exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. The dress on show, called ‘Look 44’ is made from over 250 metres of hand-burnt silk organza and chiffon strips. Isn’t it gorgeous? The layers are so delicate, really ethereal.
There’s a video of Giles Deacon explaining the creative process behind the dress and you see him burning the edges of the strips with a crème brulee torch. The dress is embellished with ostrich feathers and Swarovski crystals and was used in the finale of his show for London Fashion Week in 2012. The headpiece is extraordinary and is designed by milliner Stephen Jones. Those spikes are made from ostrich quills.
It’s a small exhibition with only one room but it’s worth making the trip as the rest of the museum on the life of William Morris is fascinating. It recently won the Art Fund Museum of the Year. What’s more it’s down the road from Walthamstow market so you can fit in a spot of fabric shopping – win win.